Signing one of the world’s most potent strikers would have given AC Milan fans a boost ahead of the new Serie A campaign and although Gonzalo Higuain is only on loan initially, his goals have the potential to get the Rossoneri back up into the Champions League slots.
The news may be even better in the days to come, as it’s claimed that the 30-year-old is considering his international future after being left out of Argentina’s squad for their upcoming friendlies.
Prolific in front of goal
In a division where even the best strikers can return modest tallies, Higuain’s record in Serie A is impressive and the Argentinian hardly deserved to be pushed aside at Juventus – even for the great Cristiano Ronaldo.
In three years at Napoli, the Argentinian managed 71 goals in 104 league games and that ratio was maintained at Juve where 40 strikes were recorded in 73 matches. Milan are currently joint-fourth favourites at odds of 16/1 for the title in bet365’s Serie A betting markets, but a repeat of those stats could make Gennaro Gattuso’s men a decent outside bet.
Decision to be made
There are currently some conflicting reports as to which path Higuain will take, but sources seem to be agreed that he is considering his international future having been left out of the squad for upcoming games against Guatemala and Colombia.
There are suggestions that at the age of 30, the striker is merely looking to take a one-year sabbatical from the set-up while others claim that Higuain is ready to call time on an international career which began back in 2009.
He’s been more than useful for the Argentinian national side with 31 goals in 75 games but after making way for CR7 in Turin, Gonzalo Higuain could once again be made a scapegoat.
Argentina made it to the last sixteen of the World Cup 2018 but after a poor group phase, few expected the South Americans to go deep into the competition. While Lionel Messi produced another subdued set of performances in a major tournament, Higuain paid the price for drawing a blank in each of those three group games.
The former Real Madrid man played no part in that last 16 defeat to eventual champions France and if he is looking to call time on a long international career, it would be easy to understand his frustration even though Higuain has found the target just once in his last 12 matches.
Would Argentina’s loss prove to be AC Milan’s gain? Since moving to the San Siro from Turin on a one-year loan deal (with an option to buy), Higuain has yet to find the net, although he did provide the assist for Patrick Cutrone to fire in the winner against Roma. In addition to this, he’s added a new dimension to the Rossoneri’s play.
It’s been a slow start and while it’s too early to judge, Rossoneri fans will be looking for Higuain to come close to his ratio at Napoli and Juventus where he managed more than a goal every other game. After a difficult few months, a break from international football could be a wise decision and with a clear mind, Gonzalo Higuain could become the prolific striker that Milan so desperately need.